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Dodgers: ESPN’s Passan Calls Nolan Arenado the Perfect Guy for Los Angeles

Jeff Passan sees Arenado as a perfect fit for the Dodgers.



Jeff Passan of ESPN has placed himself firmly inside an exclusive group of reliable Major League Baseball insiders in recent years. On the most recent episode of Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling’s ‘Big Swing Podcast’, Jeff Passan told Stripling and co-host Cooper Surles that he believes the Dodgers couldn’t have any better of a fit than Nolan Arenado.

Here is the link to the full audio on Apple Podcasts:

Passan discussed his respect for the Dodgers’ player development staff and also talked about how he believes the Dodgers front office should make big moves in an effort to not waste their best players’ primes. Clayton Kershaw’s prime was exhausted for zero World Series titles and both Walker Buehler and Cody Bellinger could eventually meet the same fate.

“So many of the guys who are on the Dodgers are in their prime. You do not want to miss that window when you have so many major-league ready and top-end talent. Let’s just say for argument’s sake that you guys do not make a big move this winter. I still think you’re going to. I think Nolan Arenado would be the absolute perfect guy to bring in. I just don’t think that that is a reality simply because Colorado would not trade him to you, but Kris Bryant is out there.”

As has been widely reported, the Colorado Rockies have expressed some interest in dealing their franchise cornerstone, third baseman Nolan Arenado. However, it has also been reported that they would be very hesitant to deal him inside of their own division which in turn, practically eliminates the Dodgers from contention for his services.

The Dodgers still remain around $37.5 million under the luxury tax and have the room to spend. Let’s just see if they decide to make the big move.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Just wondering, how much does a player’s desire to play in a certain city or not play in that particular city affect his performance. Is there a correlation between how well a player performs or does it become too much pressure.?

  2. What makes anyone think they can get Arenado? We know the package for Lindor it will be that and then some because it’s a division rival that already doesn’t want us to win they aren’t going to put us over the top without making us pay for years.

    • Both Arenado and Bryant would hit 18 to 22 hrs as Dodgers they both play in little league parks.We have Corey who can win gold gloves at third and by far will have better numbers than Arenado Bryant or lindor.Lux at short his natural position,Kike gold glove second base,with 270 average 27 hrs 85 rbis playing everyday,Muncy stays at 1st,Turner part time player cause of his injuries or see if you can trade him for hader.that way Turner can be a th and prolong his career cause defensively He’s slow down a lot and outs just get past him we can t afford that.That stupid myth about righty,lefty is better not true.Dodgers won in 81 with pure right handed power,garvey,Cey,Yeaguer,Guerrero.

      • LOL funniest post of the year. Dodger stadium isn’t a pitchers park anymore I don’t know if you’ve noticed the last 3 years. Corey can’t even play SS what makes you think he can win a gold glove at the hot corner? The guy is slow and awkward and offensively he’s overrated, swings at everything and chokes in the playoffs. Did you really just say Hernandez could hit .270? lol he’d hit even worse than his usual if he played daily. And lefty righty isn’t a myth with this team. The 81 team could actually hit both lefties and righties

  3. The Dodgers will keep their money in the bank, lose an opportunity to win a world series, and anger the fan base. Kershaw needs help, the younger players can easily fall in their status, and players like Pollock will drag the entire team to it’s nadir

    • LOL! You realize everything you said is wrong right? No one could say such crazy things and mean it, so thank you for the laugh!

      • You’re probably the worst shiII here baseball101 you can’t even conjure up a counter argument. Kill your self

  4. Also the best deal would be to fire Roberts and hire Mike Sciocia but any good manager will do with our talent.Bud Black would be better

    • Scioscia is a terrible manager. He “resigned” as Angels manager to avoid getting fired. Totally wrecked Ohtani by varying the number of days between his pitching starts.

  5. Hey you know who else would be a great fit? Cole, Strasburg, trout, Verlander, Donaldson, I can go on and on.

  6. I bet some of the people saying that KB (injury prone) is better than NA are the same that said they didn’t want Ryu because he’s injury prone.

  7. Another day, another series of complaints from the same cast of misfits. You people must lead miserable lives.

    • Instead of Donnie Dotard you should be Donnie Retard because you think people speaking the truth makes them misfits or miserable in day to day life. Ridiculous. Just another weak argument against facts by another old fart fan who’s already witnessed the greatest decades in dodger history so what do you care right? Everything else is just gravy the last 32 years for you

  8. Why does he think Arenado is the perfect fit? And Buehler and Bellinger won’t reach their prime for three more years. What’s this guy talking about …

    • I am not sure but in a few years, Bellinger , Seager, and Urias will be gone via FA when they reach that point because their agent is Scott Boras and WILL take them out to FA Market. Actually of those 3, I believe Dodgers will extend Bellinger long term.

      • Has Boras ever had a client extend? I’m not sure but if Bellinger has another year like the last, they’ll have to pay him big and do it before 2021.

  9. The need help pitching and a right handed hitter. They also need a manager who won’t make the same bonehead mistakes in the post season as Roberts does. How Kelly did not even on the postseason roster he stunk most of the sesson .He never should have been been signed.

  10. I realize this won’t ever happen but the main players need to get together and have a walkout to try to force ownership and management to go get the itching help and right handed hitter they need to win.The only way things will change is if they start losing money.

    • Starting pitching to slot between Buehler and CK. One who will eat some innings and an impact RHB.. Freidman himself expressed displeasure with what his LH hitter heavy lineup did in the NLDS

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